NFL Sunday Night Football Schedule: Where to Watch Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

Two teams with losing records collide on Sunday Night Football, as the Los Angeles Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Chargers began the season as second-favorite to win the AFC West after going 12-4 in 2018 but find themselves at 2-3 after losing at home to Denver in Week 5.

The defeat against the Broncos was particularly disappointing for the Bolts and not just because it came against a divisional rival, but because it came against a team that was 0-4 up until then.

Melvin Gordon made his season debut after sitting out the first month of the season because of a contract dispute but the Chargers running back looked rusty and could only contribute 31 rushing yards over 12 carries.

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The figures looked ugly for the Chargers and the problem was exacerbated by the fact Philip Rivers averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt, his worst performance in terms of yards per attempt since 2007.

The Chargers have slipped to third in the AFC West and with the Oakland Raiders looking increasingly competitive, chances of reaching the playoffs are shrinking at a rate of knots.

According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Chargers have a 23 percent chance to make the playoffs, while Oakland's have moved up to 28 percent after beating the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Luckily for the Bolts, chances of getting back on track don't come much better than in the shape of the current Pittsburgh Steelers vintage.

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The Steelers are 1-4 after losing 26-23 to Baltimore in overtime, a game they will probably come to regard as a sliding doors moment.

A win against the Ravens would have drawn the Steelers level with Baltimore and the Cleveland Browns, instead Pittsburgh now finds itself third in the AFC North.

The Steelers began the season as a 17/10 second-favorite to win a divisional title but now face going without playoffs football for the second consecutive season and could finish with a losing record for the first time since 2003.

The loss to the Ravens was also significant as it left the Steelers down to their third starting quarterback in just six weeks, after Mason Rudolph was on the receiving end of a brutal hit from Baltimore safety Earl Thomas II.

The Steelers signal caller had scrambled left to extend the play after the pocket had collapsed and had no room to escape Thomas as the Ravens safety came charging towards him.

A few worrying moments followed as Rudolph lay on the ground motionless while players frantically waved medical staff onto the pitch. Eventually the second-year quarterback left the field with the help of the trainers, before being evaluated at a local hospital.

With Rudolph off the field and veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury he sustained in Week 2, Pittsburgh turned to Devlin Hodges.

The 23-year-old went undrafted this year before signing for the Steelers in May and was accomplished in his debut, going 7-of-9 for 68 yards and recording his team's longest run as he rushed for 21 yards in the final period.

With Rudolph set to miss Week 6, Hodges will have to shoulder the burden of Pittsburgh offense in his first NFL start.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown from a punt return to trial 17-7 to the Denver Broncos during the third quarter in a 20-13 Broncos win at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 6 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Los Angeles Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, on Sunday, October 13.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via NBC's digital platforms, NBC Sports' website as well as via fuboTV.


Both teams tasted defeat at home in Week 5. The Steelers are 1-4 after losing 26-23 in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, while the Chargers slipped to 2-3 after losing 20-13 at home to the Denver Broncos, who picked up their first win of the season.

Series record

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 22-8 but the Chargers have won two of the last three meetings including the most recent encounter, defeating the Steelers 33-30 in Pittsburgh in December last year.


According to Oddschecker, the Chargers are 6.5-point underdog and are 17/20 to win and cover the spread, while Pittsburgh is a 12/5 underdog.

The over/under bar in terms of total point scored is set at 54.5.

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